"Rainbow Stew" as written by and Merle Haggard....
There's a big, brown cloud in the city
And the countryside's a sin
The price of life is too high to give up
It's gotta come down again

But worldwide war is over and done
And the dream of peace comes true
We'll all be drinkin' that free bubble-ubb
And eatin' that rainbow stew

When they find out how to burn water
And the gasoline car is gone
When an airplane flies without any fuel
And the satellite heats our home

But one of these days when the air clears up
And the sun comes shinin' through
We'll all be drinkin' that free bubble-ubb
And eatin' that rainbow stew

Eatin' rainbow stew in a silver spoon
Underneath that sky of blue
We'll all be drinkin' that free bubble-ubb
And eatin' that rainbow stew

Alright, Parky?

Here comes Don

You don't have to get high to get happy
Just think about what's in store
When people start doin' what they oughta be doin'
Then they won't be booin' no more

When a President goes through the White House door
Does what he says he'll do
We'll all be drinkin' that free bubble-ubb
And eatin' that rainbow stew

Eatin' rainbow stew in a silver spoon
Underneath that sky of blue
We'll all be drinkin' that free bubble-ubb
And eatin' that rainbow stew

Eatin' rainbow stew in a silver spoon
Underneath that sky of blue
We'll all be drinkin' free bubble-ubb
And eatin' that rainbow stew


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"Rainbow Stew" as written by Merle Haggard

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    My InterpretationThis is a utopian paean, a dream of what can be as compared to what is, or at least what the author believes it to be. First he paints an ugly picture of the current state of the world from his perspective, the he adds is dream of what it could be. The only thing that's not clear to me is whether his dreams are tongue-in-cheek. Bubble Up, you may remember, was the economy version of 7-Up, in the days before Coca-Cola produced Sprite. Rainbow Stew appears to be a utopian vision of food products that meet the general needs of the population. So if it's tongue-in-cheek, he's painting a picture of a socialist society--good, but not great.
    tbradshawon November 26, 2013   Link
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    General CommentPretty good explanation but the actual lyric is free 'bubble ubb' which I think is Merle haggard's Bakersfield hobo way of saying free beer.
    sandman71on May 09, 2014   Link

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